Karl Karlas (1991) is inspired by the passage of time and how it changes both humanity and nature. Specifically through processes which leave traces that can become visible or invisible after thousands of years.
Karl’s work consists of sculptures, often brought together in installations. The sculptures find their origin in drawings and collages but may end up back in those as well. By using a wide variety of materials, such as moss, plaster and latex rubber, Karl always finds unusual combinations, making the organic look artificial and the artificial seem organic.
The visual research questions the perception of an object or shape, while a certain layeredness is sought in materials to allow for new shapes to form. These shapes are at the root of the sculptures. Symbols can be found as well, they are recurrent, recognisable but also unusual. They lie somewhere in between real and surreal, thereby creating space for different possible interpretations of reality.